Happy 20th Anniversary to Three Lobed Recordings!!!

Earlier this week, the good folks at Aquarium Drunkard put together a feature celebrating 20 yrs of Three Lobed Recordings. To mark the occasion, a variety of people were invited to share thoughts on albums that have made an impact on them. I am humbled to have been included and grateful to be a part of this incredible family of artists!

Below are some thoughtful reflections on my LP “Between Two Words” (2013) by William Tyler and Chuck Johnson, both of whom happen to be personal guitar heroes and all-around solid human beings. Truly touched by these words:

via companion feature on the equally awesome site, Doom & Gloom From The Tomb

I definitely encourage you to visit the full feature linked above, as it takes a deep-dive into an even deeper catalogue of varied adventurous sounds.

Here’s to another 20 yrs to one of the best labels around!

Wishing you all good health and peace,

DPG

2013 & Looking Forward…

Hello and Happy New Year!

Just wanted to take a moment and reflect on some highlights from 2013 as well as mention a few exciting adventures to look forward to in the New Year…

This past year saw the release on my third album Between Two Worlds on Three Lobed Recordings.  Cory Rayborn, who runs the label, is one of the most passionate dudes out there!  It was such a pleasure to work with him on this!

Played some great shows.  One highlight involved performing on a moving bus along the Pacific Coast Highway as the sun set. It was pretty epic.  Thanks to the folks at Soundwave Fest for hosting that!  Did some touring along the West coast with Chuck Johnson who released his gorgeous album Crows In The Basilica LP on Three Lobed around the same time as mine.  We shared some great nights with the likes of Marisa Anderson, Eyvind Kang & Jessiika Kenney, Golden Retriever, Date Palms, and Daniel Bachman.  Other highlights included a show with Grouper, playing a benefit for a documentary in the works about the great Robbie Basho w/ Bill Orcutt, Chuck Johnson, Andrew Weathers, Henry Kaiser, among others, and sharing a night of film & music with my buds Paul Clipson, Evan Caminity, and Trevor Montgomery.  Good times we’re had all around!

Got to travel out to Albuquerque, NM and collaborate with artist and dear friend Billy Joe Miller on his Wake exhibit.  Billy has done all the covers to my solo releases so it was a dream to be able to physically perform among his work in real time.  He took me to some of the beautiful surrounding areas …  The Ojito wilderness left a particularily deep impression on me.  2014 will see more collaboration in this series…  again in Albuquerque this February on a farm.. details forthcoming!

Another exciting collaboration I got to participate in was with Bay Area artist David Wilson.  Wilson was chosen for the biennial SECA award given out by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art to Bay Area artists.  I composed music in collaboration with friends Andy Cabic (Vetiver) and Tony Cross for a site-specific piece in park Presidio.  We performed live and it was recorded and left on a cassette as an ‘artifact’ for folks to engage with alongside David’s amazing painting.  It was an incredible experience!  Here are some pics of the event.

The new year starts off with some exciting news.  My better half and I have been invited to do a nine day residency at the Harrison House out in beautiful Joshua Tree!  The residency is based in the late composer Lou Harrison’s desert retreat in his honor.  It sits on some of the most beautiful land in the world.  We are so thrilled about this adventure!  Leaving first thing tomorrow!

The first show of the new year will be in conjunction with artist James Sterling Pitt’s exhibit “Hello Green Cosmos” at Gallery Paula Anglim in SF, Sat. Jan. 18th at 4p.  Can’t think of a better way to get things started!

Lastly, there are a couple exciting releases on the horizon for 2014.  Both of which will be released on the excellent Students of Decay label who put out my second LP, In Search of Light.  The first of which will be an LP collecting some of my earliest acoustic recordings dating as far back as 2004, and the second will be a collaboration with guitarist James Blackshaw.  Really looking forward to seeing these take shape and sharing it with you!  Both have no set release date yet, so please keep an eye out as the year unfolds.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read and listen …

Wishing you a fulfilling, healthy, and happy New Year!

~DPG

Some pics from 2013:

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New LP’s arrived!

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Bought a 12 string and so began my love affair…

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Ojito Wilderness

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Performing at Davis Wilson’s “Arrivals” w/ Tony Cross

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Bus show along the Pacific Coast Highway

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New ride!

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Bye bye DOMA!

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Our little Eli..

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Last sunset of 2013

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Track premiere via Pitchfork!

Very excited to share a preview for the closing track “Ojito (At Sunset)” from my new album “Between Two Worlds” out Aug. 20th on Three Lobed Recordings.  Grayson Currin had some very kind words to say about the track via Pitchfork.  Have a look & listen HERE!

The piece was written over the course of a year or so through mostly live performances,  but it wasn’t until I made my way out to New Mexico and visited the Ojito Wilderness area that I really understood the shape it needed to take for the album.  Something about the wide expanse of the desert landscape and it’s endless horizon really helped give context to not only this song, but also to much of the album.

I’ll leave you with a few pic’s to pour over until hopefully you can visit the Ojito Wilderness for yourself….

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Warmest,

DPG

LP’s have arrived!

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LP's have arrived!

Thrilled to see my new album “Between Two Worlds” materialize after much anticipation! They look & sound better than I could have ever hoped, thanks in large part to the efforts of Cory Rayborn at Three Lobed Recordings and artist Billy Joe Miller for creating such stunning artwork. Official release date is Aug. 20th, but you can pre-order it now over at: http://threelobed.com/tlr/tlr100.html

Very excited and grateful to share the new music with you!

-DPG

Between Two Worlds release date & pre-order!!!

Dear all,

I’m very happy to announce my third album Between Two Worlds will be released this August the 20th (2013) on the venerable Three Lobed Recordings!  It will be available on LP in a limited edition of 650 copies, each including a download code.  It will also be available to stream and download via the Three Lobed Bandcamp page.  In the meantime, you can pre-order and preview a track from the album HERE.

It is a true honor to be working with Three Lobed.  I cannot wait to share this new music with you!

Much Love,

DPG

Here is the gorgeous cover created by my dear friend and collaborator Billy Joe Miller.  The photo was taken in the Ojito wilderness region in New Mexico, not far from Albuquerque.  Billy and I visited this spot last fall and it really had a deep effect on me.  I drew a lot of inspiration from this place when working on the album.  I strongly recommend you try and visit sometime.

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Track featured on “Eight Trails, One Path” LP for Record Store Day!!!

I recently had the honor of contributing a track for the beautifully curated Eight Trails, One Path LP.  The compilation will be released in April on Three Lobed Recordings for this years Record Store Day!  It will include original and exclusive contributions by guitarist’s Lee Renaldo of Sonic Youth, Steve Gunn, Six Organs Of Admittance/Ben Chasny, Sir Richard Bishop, David Daniel, Alan Bishop William Tyler, Grayson Currin, and Casey Burns.  I’ll leave you with a little teaser of the lovely interior designed by Casey Burns.  It will feature silver and brown ink, letterpressed by Jeff Mueller at Dexterity in a matchbook-style folded stapled cover.  So excited to be a part of this!!!

More details TBA…